University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 236522

Position Summary:
The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) conducts research in the field of aging and dementia, and seeks to establish effective prevention, treatment and diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's disease in diverse populations. The research nurse practitioner has an integral role within the ADRC and serves as a clinical expert within a research team. The research nurse practitioner assists Principal Investigators (PIs) and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) with the operations of clinical research studies, under the guidelines of research protocols and UW Madison policies.

The research nurse practitioner operates within a larger team and often works closely with scientists, program managers, participant recruitment specialists, schedulers, study coordinators and students. Approximately 60% of the research nurse practitioner's time is spent providing clinical expertise for research related processes, performing clinical assessments and lumbar punctures for research participants enrolled in the ADRC Clinical Core, the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP), and industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated trials. The remaining 40% is spent completing research documentation and data entry via online platforms. The successful candidate supports their assigned study(s), demonstrates professionalism interacting with persons from culturally diverse communities, including persons from racial and ethnically underrepresented backgrounds, demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, is detail oriented, flexible, capable of understanding and following multiple study protocols, and prioritizing and completing concurrent tasks.

The School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center have a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal duties:
Primary responsibilities: (80%)
- Participate in consultation, evaluation and treatment of participants enrolled in Alzheimer's disease research studies, including physical exams, evaluation of serious adverse events, and the assessment of cognitive and physical function.
- Perform lumbar puncture procedures on research participants upon completion of a training period provided by study investigators.
- Prescreen medical records for inclusion/exclusion criteria
- Interpret lab results, imaging results and ECGs.
- Provide feedback to research participants regarding clinically relevant findings.
- Maintain accurate and complete source documentation and case report forms for research protocols.
- Order diagnostic tests (including, but not limited to, x-rays) according to protocols.
- Participate in weekly diagnostic consensus case conferences.
- Provide regular on-call and back-up support to investigators as requested

Secondary responsibilities: (20%)
- Participate in the recruitment of subjects for ADRC and related research studies through attendance at outreach events.
- Speak with supporting organizations about Alzheimer's disease research and current findings.
- Communicate and coordinate with multiple research related departments, including Office of Clinical Trials, UW Human Subjects IRB, Pharmaceutical Research Center and the Clinical Research Unit for study start up, maintenance, and closure.
- Prescribe medications in accordance with state requirements and under the supervision of the PI.
- Develop standard operating procedures for clinical research processes and procedures.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.

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